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Ghostbusters Fan Fest was a event that took place on June 7th and 8th of 2019, organized by Wizard World.

Notes

  • Kato Kaelin, best known for his part in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, "hosted" the event. He is the blonde guy in the Ghostbusters jumpsuit seen in some of the videos in the video gallery section below.
  • Sophia Temperilli moderated these outdoor panels: "Here To Save The World Again: A Real Ghostbusters Reunion", "Ghostbuster's Daughter: A Conversation with Violet Ramis Stiel", and "Along For The Ride: A Conversation With Actors From Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II".
  • Anthony Breznican from Entertainment Weekly moderated these outdoor panels: "Ghostbusters Directors Panel" and "Reflections on the 1984 Ghostbusters".
  • For the "How'd They Do That?" panel, it appears that most of the named panelists were absent. Only appearing in the videos are (unknown), Richard Edlund, and Sheldon Kahn; with an appearance from Billy Bryan in the audience.
  • Shown at the "How'd They Do That?" panel were two clips from a workprint copy of Ghostbusters. One clip is from when Dana opens her fridge, the other is from Stay Puft's debut. The Stay Puft clip has an extra line from Ray ("It was on all of the packages") and ends at the "EPA" deleted scene (as this was the source used for the 1999 DVD).
  • The "I Ain't Afraid of No Toys" panel was an interview with Kenner designer Mark Boudreaux, moderated by an unknown person, while toy images and commercials were shown on the screen above them.
  • The guests that showed up for the "Along For The Ride" panel were (from L-R): (BEHIND COUCH): Tom Morga (GB1 Ramis Stunt Double), John Bruno (Art Director/Visual Effects), and Timothy Carhart (GB1 Violinist). (ON COUCH) Tony Cecere (stuntman), Mark Bryan Wilson (GB1 Slimer), Robin Shelby (GB2 Slimer), Jim Fye (GB2 Statue & Jogger & Tony Scoleri), Steven Tash (GB1 Male Student), Jennifer Runyon (GB1 Jennifer), and Tim Lawrence (GB2 Nunzio Scoleri). Later joined by Steve Johnson (GB1 Effects) and Billy Bryan (GB1 Stay Puft).
  • The dailies shown during the "Lost 1984 Footage" panel with Jason and Ivan Reitman were found in a mine in Kansas. These include the following five clips:
    • 1. Mayor's Office Alternate Takes: Nerve Gas, No Genitalia, Have Peck Over For Lunch/Whatta Ya Got.
    • 2. Louis, Egon, Janine in Firehouse Alternate Takes.
    • 3. Dana's Apartment Alternate Takes.
    • 4. Ray Drinks Near LED Machine Deleted Scene.
    • 5. Hotel Ballroom Alternate Exit Lines.

Programming Schedule

Friday, June 7th

  • 7:00-10:00PM (Doors at 5:30PM) Ghostbusters Film Screening (The Globe Theater in downtown Los Angeles)

Saturday, June 8th

Panel & Presentation Rooms:

  • Novak Theater - General Programming
  • Holden Theater - General Programming
  • Cary Grant Theater - General Programming
  • Backstage Theater - Documentary Screening Room
  • Calley Park Main Stage - Celebrity Q&A Sessions

  • Continental Breakfast
    • Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Ray Parker Jr, William Atherton, Maurice LaMarche, Ivan Reitman met with fans.
  • Autographs were moved to the commissary.
  • 12:15-12:30PM LA Follies Performance (Calley Park Main Stage)
  • 12:30-1:15PM The Ghosts of Ghostbusters: Fact V Fiction (Novak)
    • There are some things in this world that go way beyond human understanding, things that cannot be explained, things that most people don't want to know about. Are ghosts and haunted houses real? Will a Class 5 Full Roaming Vapor ruin your hotel stay in LA? Does ectoplasmic residue really trouble the ghost hunter? Or is it just as simple as sudden cold spots, being troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night, and feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Join paranormal researcher Dylan Jones, as he discusses the Ghosts of Ghostbusters:Fact v Fiction.
  • 12:30-1:15PM Paranormal Ghost Hunting with Dan Aykroyd (Cary Grant)
    • Dan Aykroyd sits down with experts to swap stories and discuss what originally got him interested in the paranormal in the first place. Hosted by Bill Murphy (Ghosttown.tv).
  • 12:30-1:15PM Here to Save the World Again: A Real Ghostbusters Reunion (Calley Park Main Stage)
  • 12:30-1:45PM Ghostbusters in Video Games (Holden)
    • Did you know Ghostbusters has been featured in over 20 video games covering both standalone games and integration into other games? This panel featuring developers who've worked on Ghostbusters video game content will talk about what makes Ghostbusters such a great fit for video games and the creative process involved.
  • 12:30-2:30PM Cleaning Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters Screening (Backstage)
    • Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, is the definitive retrospective documentary charting the making of Ghostbusters! The documentary presents 46 insightful, entertaining and heartfelt interviews, ranging from Dan Aykroyd explaining his inspiration for the film to the cast and crew who embraced Dan's bold vision detailing how they brought it to life. These compelling accounts build an engaging picture of what was a fascinating and creative filmmaking rollercoaster ride, and are accompanied by a wealth of never before seen archive material. Were John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, penned as the original cast? Was a peanut really used to replicate Slimer? And which other famous actresses auditioned for the part of Dana Barrett? All will be revealed! Cleanin' Up The Town reveals a story of ingenuity, innovation and emphasizes just how ambitious an undertaking the making of Ghostbusters really was. It will satisfy the diehard Ghostbusters fan, those with a keen interest in old-school filmmaking techniques as well as just about any lover of popular culture!
  • 1:15-1:30PM Ghostbusters Trivia (Calley Park Main Stage)
  • 1:30-2:15PM Flux Capacitors Live Performance (Calley Park Main Stage)
  • 1:30-2:15PM Ghostbusters Comics (Novak)
    • Ghostbusters has a long history in the comic book world. Join comic creators Dan Schoening, Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz and more as they bring you up to speed with what's happening at IDW and their own personal feelings on being part of this legendary franchise.
  • 1:30-2:15PM How'd They Do That? - A Discussion with the Ghostbusters Special Effects, Production and Puppeteering Team (Cary Grant)
  • 2:00-2:45PM Back Off Man! I'm a Parapsychologist (Holden)
    • Meet four real life Parapsychologists who were influenced by Ghostbusters to pursue their chosen vocation. Join paranormal researcher Dylan Jones as he presents a 20-minute documentary - "Back Off Man! I'm a Parapsychologist" - produced exclusively for Ghostbusters Fan Fest. It introduces his his colleagues Steve Parsons, Dr Ciaran O'Keeffe and Dr Cal Cooper as they explain why the movie was - and still is - key to their careers in Parapsychology. It will also be an opportunity to discover what they do each day. Who knows, maybe you will be inspired to become real Ghostbusters too!
  • 2:30-3:00PM Ghostbuster's Daughter: A Conversation with Violet Ramis Stiel (Calley Park Main Stage)
    • The author of "Ghostbuster's Daughter: Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis" is here to talk about her memoir and growing up with her famous father, actor/director/writer/comedian Harold Ramis. Don't miss this Q&A for an intimate look at the man behind "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day," "Candyshack," "Animal House" and more! Who auditioned for the part of Dana Barrett? All will be revealed!
  • 2:30-3:15PM I Ain't Afraid of No Toys (Novak)
    • A Peek into Ghostbusters toy design, then and now. This panel will feature toy design staff who helped create the original toy line for The Real Ghostbusters from Kenner, as well as designers who will be leading the creation of toys and fan collectibles for the next generation of Ghostbusters fans.
  • 2:30-3:15PM Your Proton Pack and You (Cary Grant)
    • A tips and tricks seminar for all in-the-field Ghostbusters, hosted by Hugh Jenks. We'll go over all your day to day gear from Proton Packs to Muon traps, the math that makes them work and how not to set fire to your customer. Safety glasses are encouraged!
  • 2:30-4:30PM Who You Gonna Call? Documentary Screening and Ray Parker Jr Q&A (Backstage)
    • Chances are that even someone who doesn't immediately recognize the name Ray Parker Jr. will recognize his monster smash hit song "Ghostbusters." This is the amazing and fascinating story of Ray Parker Jr. who escaped the violence of the 1967 Detroit riots to become one of the most prolific session guitarists, songwriters and stars of the 70's and 80's. From the award winning director and producer of Hired Gun, Fran Strine unveils the never before told stories of Ray Parker Jr. who has given him unprecedented access to his story. You know Ray Parker Jr. as the artist who wrote and recorded "Ghostbusters," but what you don't know his back story and what it took for him to get there. From the streets of Detroit to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Parker's journey is one you won't believe.
  • 3:00-3:30PM Flux Capacitors Live Performance (Calley Park Main Stage)
  • 3:00-3:45PM Meet the Extreme People Behind the Extreme Ghostbusters! (Holden)
    • In 1997, Sony TV Animation revived the Ghostbusters franchise, introducing a new generation of proton-pack wielding protagonists. Guided by Egon and Janine and assisted by Slimer, college students Kylie, Garrett, Eduardo, and Roland ensure that all your paranormal problems will be solved. Join Story Editor Robert N Skir in a discussion with series writers Brooks Wachtel, Mark Hoffmeier, Steven Melching and Duane Capizzi as they discuss writing for this popular series, along with cast member and special guest, Maurice LeMarche (Egon).
  • 3:30-4:15PM Ghostbusters: The Video Game - An Inside Look (Novak)
    • Originally released in 2009, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is hailed by fans and critics as a classic example of how to do justice to a movie franchise in video game form. Hear from the game's Executive Producer John Melchior and Creative Director Drew Haworth all the stories behind getting the game made and find out more about the soon to be released HD Remaster from Saber Interactive. Hosted by Kinda Funny co-founder and Ghostbusters super-fan Greg Miller.
  • 3:30-4:15PM How to Draw Your Favorite Ghosts (Carey Grant)
    • Join Ghostbuster artists Dan Schoening and Tim Lattie as they show you the tips and tricks to bringing your favorite Ghostbusters characters to life! Hosted by Tom Waltz (IDW Editor)
  • 3:30-4:15PM Along for the Ride: A Conversation with Actors from Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II (Calley Park Main Stage)
    • Fan-favorite Ghostbusters actors including Mark Bryan Wilson, Jennifer Runyon, Steven Tash, Robin Shelby, Timothy Carhart and more are here to share stories about working on Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II!
  • 4:15-4:30PM Afeenix Dancers Performance (Calley Park Main Stage)
  • 4:30-4:45PM Ghostbusters Art Auction (Calley Park Main Stage)
    • Here's your chance to own original pieces of canvas art from Jonas Never and Nina Palomba created today at Ghostbusters Fan Fest!
  • 4:45-5:30PM Ghostbusters Directors Panel (Calley Park Main Stage)
  • 5:30-6:15PM Reflections on the 1984 Ghostbusters (Calley Park Main Stage)
  • 6:15-6:30PM Afeenix Dancers Line Dance Lesson (Calley Park Main Stage)
  • 6:30-7:15PM Live Performance from Ray Parker Jr! (Calley Park Main Stage)
  • 7:15-7:45PM Lost 1984 Footage (Calley Park Main Stage)
    • Jason Reitman and Ivan Reitman have a 1984 surprise for you!
  • 7:45-8:00PM Finale by Ray Parker Jr! (Calley Park Main Stage)

Merchandise, Contests, and Presentation

Contests

  • Donate to UNICEF and Stand Up To Cancer for Omaze's contest between April 18 and May 23.
    • Winner gets to team up with Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson to fight ghosts in a never-before-released prototype Ghostbusters AR experience.
    • Class 10 access to the Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary Fan Fest, which includes a breakfast with Dan, director Ivan Reitman and more cast members.
    • Sit front and center for all the panels at your very own reserved table
    • Get two VIP tickets to any of the Wizard World Gold VIP events through June 2020
    • Be flown out to LA and put up in a 4-star hotel
  • Reading Partners LA division[1]
    • Donate child-appropriate (grades K-4 preferred) graphic novels, comics, science fiction books, or any other similar materials in a specially marked donation receptacle near the Special Guest Registration desk. As a Thank You, fans who donate two or more items to Reading Partners during Ghostbusters Fan Fest will receive a free pre-autographed celebrity photo from a selection of previous Wizard World guests. These photographs are available to fans on a first-come, first-served basis while supply lasts, one per family donation per day.

Merchandise

  • "Exclusive Pack of Ghostbusters Collectibles"
    • Class 10
    • Class 3, 5, and 10 only
      • 35th anniversary Ghostbusters bottle opener
      • 35th anniversary Ghostbusters Commemorative Pin and Patch
      • IDW comic with Fan Fest variant cover (Transformers/Ghostbusters: Ghosts of Cybertron #1 Con Cover)
        • Instead of a comic, some received four patches. Each one commemorated Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Ghostbusters: Answer The Call, and Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
      • Playmobil Ghostbusters II figure
    • Class 1, 3, 5, and 10
      • "Exclusive Poster and Lithograph"
        • Most received two posters and no lithograph
  • A first chance to buy K-Swiss 35th anniversary shoes before the June 13 wide release at Foot Locker locations.[2][3]
    • K-Swiss x Ghostbusters Si-18 International "Stay Puft" (Style #: 06620-104)
    • K-Swiss x Ghostbusters Classic 2000 "Slimer" (Style #: 06619-305)
      • A K-Swiss T-shirt with the Ghostbusters Fan Fest logo on the back was included with purchase.
      • Ghostbusters themed Sony Walkman's were awarded to the first two people to buy K-Swiss shoes Only 100 were made and will be at future promotional events and for prize giveaways.[4]
  • Classic Stills The Ghostbusters Fine Art Collection
  • Playmobil Ghostbusters Toy Line
    • Various figures and vehicles for sale.
  • Bixler Ghostbusters related jewelry

Previews

  • Chronicle Collectibles
    • A new set of statues based on The Real Ghostbusters and Slimer were previewed.
  • Spirit Halloween
    • A large Terror Dog replica was previewed from its fall 2019 catalogue. It is tentatively set to ship on August 21, 2019 for $499.99 MSRP.
  • Ghostbusters Spirits
    • A toasted marshmallow liquer was previewed.
  • IDW Games
  • Eaglemoss Collections Ghostbusters Merchandise
    • Build The Ghostbusters Ecto-1 (Ectomobile) subscription series was previewed.
    • Choose between one of two different (Yellow/Black or Red/Blue) Ecto-1 patches or a soft enamel Ecto-1 pin along with a 14.5" x 32" Ecto-1 poster if you signed up for their mailing list

Development

On September 17, 2018, priority access reservations began. A refundable deposit was placed that would go towards purchase of the ticket(s).[5]

On February 19, 2019, an official press release announced Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Ivan Reitman, Ray Parker Jr., Maurice LaMarche, Frank Welker (later cancelled), and Dave Coulier would appear. A Ticket sale link to Tixr was provided. Packages ranged in price from $499 to $1499 (and a $99 youth package), with autographs and photo ops included in some packages. There will be "exclusive panels with the stars and original crew members, meet the Ghostbusters creators, talent and crew, Ghostbusters augmented reality gaming, a screening of the original film, a special musical performance by Parker, costume contests, meet-ups, documentary screenings, laser tag, interactive photo booths, exhibitor booths, and much more."[6]

On March 27, 2019, a $149.99 Saturday General Admission ticket was added.[7]

On April 10, 2019, it was announced Jason Reitman was attending.[8]

On April 22, 2019, it was announced 12 more guests were added to the fest: Jennifer Runyon, Steven Tash, Robin Shelby, Violet Ramis Stiel, Timothy Carhart, Mark Bryan Wilson, Billy Bryan, Tim Lawrence, Tom Morga, Steven Johnson, Tony Cecere, and Richard Edlund.[9]

On April 24, 2019, episode 147 of the Yes Have Some Podcast was released. Lanie Sarem, the lead planner and producer for Fan Fest, was interviewed. The intention is to keep the number of fans to around 1000-2000 to keep it intimate, not like bigger events like San Diego Comic Con. The fest of constrained by the available space on the Sony lot. Annie Potts could not attend because of a scheduling conflict with promoting Toy Story 4. One more big name is possible to appear. Someone from Ghostbusters II just signed onto appear. Dan Aykroyd will host a paranormal panel. There will be another Wizard World event on another part of the lot intended to be a Ghostbusters tribute. The Fan Fest pass will get you access to that event but not the other way around. There will be a The Real Ghostbusters Live Reading, a SFX Panel, a general panel with cast and Ivan Reitman, something with Jason Reitman, exclusive merchandise like pins and patches, licensees will premiere merchandise, there is a special cover for the upcoming 4K/Blu-ray Steelbook for Class 10 passes, there will be something on Friday, Saturday will be 11 am to 10 am, Ray Parker Jr. will headline the last last and perform, and other documentaries/films will be shown.[10]

On May 8, 2019, it was announced Cleanin' Up The Town would be screened. (Note: The documentary was not screened due to licensing issues and an 18 minute exclusive reel not in the documentary was screened instead)[11] Ray Parker Jr's documentary "Who You Gonna Call?" will be screened.[12]

On May 14, 2019, it was announced Paul Feig would be on a directors panel with Ivan and Jason Reitman.[13]

On May 16, 2019, Eric Reich revealed more details. Slavitza Jovan was confirmed to appear.[14]

On May 20, 2019, Erik Burnham confirmed he and Dan Schoening would be attending.[15]

On May 24, 2019, a special episode of Yes Have Some Podcast was released. There will be a Friday night screening is at the Globe Theatre in Downtown LA, and the Fort Detmerring deleted scenes will be shown. There may be some other "unseen footage" shown as a surprise. The Saturday hours are now 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The Jason/Ivan Reitman photo package is now included for Class 10 ticket holders. Some panels may overlap the screenings of the documentaries. The Directors panel, the GB84 panel, and the Ray Parker Jr. concert will not overlap with anything, so those will be the main attractions. There is likely going to be some kind of "officially unofficial" after party on Saturday.[16]

Trivia

External Links

References

  1. Ghostbusters News "Wizard World teams with Reading Partners on comic book program for Ghostbusters Fan Fest" 5/22/19
  2. Sole Collector "K-Swiss Is Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of 'Ghostbusters' Two pairs inspired by villains from the 1984 film." 6/3/19
  3. Foot Locker YouTube "Foot Locker x K-Swiss – Ghostbusters unboxing with Dan Aykroyd" 6/3/19
  4. PR Newsire "Sony Pictures Launches Ghostbusters™ 35th Anniversary Celebration" 6/7/19
  5. Ghostbusters News "Ghostbusters Fan Fest: PRIORITY ACCESS NOW ON SALE!" 9/17/18
  6. Ghostbusters News "Ghostbusters Fan Fest: Tickets now available, first list of celebrities announced + more!" 2/19/19
  7. Ghostbusters News "New ticket option available for Ghostbusters Fan Fest! ONLY $149.99!!!" 3/27/19
  8. Ghostbusters News "New Ghostbusters director Jason Reitman to attend Ghostbusters Fan Fest" 4/10/19
  9. Ghostbusters News "Numerous supporting cast, crew added to Ghostbusters Fan Fest" 4/12/19
  10. Yes Have Some Podcast Episode 147 download link 4/24/19
  11. Ghostbusters News "Cleanin' Up The Town documentary to premiere at Ghostbusters Fan Fest" 5/8/19
  12. Ghostbusters News "Ray Parker Jr’s “Who You Gonna Call?” documentary will be previewed at Ghostbusters Fan Fest + new music video coming!" 5/8/19
  13. Slash Film "Paul Feig Heading to Ghostbusters Fan Fest for Panel with Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman" 5/14/19
  14. Ghost Corps Facebook 5/16/19
  15. erikburnham Tweet 5/20/19
  16. Yes Have Some Podcast Apple site 5/24/19


Gallery

Promo Images

Merchandise

Festival Grounds & Displays

June 7th Movie Screening

Panels and Presentations

Kenner Presentation Images

Video Gallery

Videos are listed in chronological order, with all but the first taking place on June 8th. Only the best or most complete videos will be listed here. A YouTube playlist has also been set up of all of the best videos. For alternate videos, see the talk page.

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